Losing Our Chains: Spoken Word Afterparty

December 17, 2017


    December 17, 2017  //  9:15 pm


    following the 7 pm performance of nothing to lose

    Join the dynamic artists of Spit Dat DC as they perform original verses that explore struggles with chemical dependency, incarceration, and generational debt. Sometimes comical, always heart-felt, Losing our Chains offers insight into processing life's struggles and releasing the chains of the past.

    Concessions will be open both before and after this event with happy hour drink pricing.

    Meet the Poets

    BRANDON DOUGLAS is a product of the land known as DC. He began writing when he was 12, after discovering his ability to write raps. Through his teenage years, poetry and hip hop became one in his mind and soul as it became a tool of self-expression. Then one day, he got just enough courage to share what he was thinking and writing about at an open mic. The rest is history. Since then he has been on the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team, opened for Gil Scott Heron, and performed in South Africa just to name a few things. With his artistry, he works to guide others toward positivity and encourages others to strive to be whole. His experience has provided him with the opportunity to become a teaching artist and serve the community by educating. He is constantly working to grow as an artist as well as a person, and he details this journey through his words in an honest way so that others may be moved to do the same.

    LUNA THE POET is a DC Native who believes that if your ship doesn’t sail in, swim out to meet it. She feels that every dream is attainable if you’re willing to put in the work to reach those dreams. So that is exactly what she’s done! Since establishing herself as a spoken word artist in the DMV, Luna self-published a collection of poetry entitled, “Welcome Me,” which was released in 2010. Luna’s artistry spans far beyond the poetry spectrum. She is also a skilled natural hair stylist operating an in-home salon, an expert crocheter creating unique one-of-a-kind crocheted items, as well as a visual artist using platforms from paint to photography to portray her vision. Her most prized achievement is running Island Moon Catering, a full service vegetarian catering company, which includes personal chef services and take-home orders.

    DWAYNE B!, aka THE CROCHET KINGPIN, is a homegrown DC native poet, activist, break-dancer, and  fashion designer. He is one of the hosts of DC’s longest running open mic series, Spit Dat, as well as a member of the Busboys and Poets hosting team for the 5th & K location.

    In addition to featured readings at every Busboys and Poets location, SAGAfest Iceland 2015, Spirits and Lyrics NYC and Manassas, Woolly Mammoth Theater, and the C2EA “We Can End AIDS” march, Dwayne’s short form poetry prowess led him to win the Best Haiku Award at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-Word Poetry Awards (NUSPA). His work to increase HIV awareness through spoken-word garnered recognition from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, BBCAmerica, the Discovery Channel, and The Washington Post.

    Ultimately, his goal is to force his audience to feel. He tends to meet goals. When not documenting his life through poetic meter, he can be found on the metro making scarves and hats, or singing karaoke.

    MORGAN “MOMO DA MERMAID" BUTLER is a witchy writer, educator, performer, and Afro-Futurist from Washington, DC. Her work primarily focuses on cultivating healing spaces for femmes of color in white/masc/het-dominated spaces, specifically through spoken word and creative writing. She has been a featured performer on TV One’s Verses and Flow and has been welcomed into spaces at The White House, Department of Education, The Kennedy Center and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. As an educator, she has led two workshops at Harvard University’s Alumni of Color Conference and taught sessions on peace education and creative writing in high schools throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.